Somerville was founded in 1879 to give women, at that time excluded from membership of Oxford University, the chance to benefit from an Oxford education. The College fosters a pioneering spirit, and from its foundation in 1879, Somervillians have been making their mark on the world around them.

The key fund to which the College is currently seeking support, is the Covid Hardship Fund. This Fund has been set-up to cover the inevitable costs incurred in supporting our students. This includes subsidising their costs through quarantine to funding vacation residence for those returning early to take postponed exams, and providing additional general funds for financial hardship. Support will ensure that Somerville can still enhance the academic experience and emotional wellbeing of our students and staff at this difficult time. Further details about the College’s response to COVID-19 can be found on Somerville’s Website.